Do you know of a marriage that failed after the couple became expats? Karen Mazurkewich, who previously worked in Hong Kong for the Wall Street Journal, is seeking interviews over the next few weeks about how the unique aspects of living and working abroad could spell ruin for the wedded.
Last month I wrote a two-part series for the Post called “Continental Divide” about the problems divorcing when you live outside your own country. I’m now in the region developing this series into a bigger project-both for the paper and as a possible book/film- on expat lives.
Expats live in a parallel universe. While they are culturally fish-out-of-water they can also live glamorous lifestyles. And while it can be a great experience for some, there is also a dark side to expat life. I’d like to further explore the issue by asking the simple question: Can marriages survive the expat life?
I’m looking for both men and women who are willing to share their experiences and willing to talk about the unique challenges they face. Men work long hours, are more stressed at work, and encounter greater temptation in the region. Women often quit good jobs at home, and while they find themselves nicely pampered at home, they often seen their identity slowly slip away as they face long days without husbands, and long months without family members or support systems.
So if you have something to say on the issue you an contact me at karen at mazurkewich dot com
Of course, a good amount of homes somehow manage not to be wrecked by expat life and we’ve found little (anecdotal) evidence that the marriages that did fail would have done much better in their home country. Still, international divorce is something that everyone has an opinion on, and now you get a chance to share yours. Seize it!
Source: Thomas Crampton
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